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Cambridge (UK) Beer Festival... any UK beer suggestions?

Hey lovely SE'ers!

I'm checking out the Cambridge Beer Festival this week and word is that there will be 80 different types of ciders (!!!) and over 230 beers from 100 breweries. I haven't ventured outside of the pub standards for beer here in the UK (I'm an American doing UK grad school) and I was hoping to discover some new tasty brews at the beer festival. I suppose I could try sampling 310 alcohols but I have a sneaking suspicion I'd end up dead so can anyone share some favorite British brews? Especially from smaller breweries? I'm not a fan of IPAs or very hoppy beers, nor do I like super sweet, fake-tasting ciders (e.g. Kopparberg).
What should I look for?

Cheers!

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